1/200th at F7.1, ISO 1600 (28mm).
It's pretty unreal what goes into creating a building of this size. Sara's an urban planner, and from what I've seen, the hardest aspect of creating a building like this is the initial planning. For some of the massive buildings, it can take 5-10 years, just for that.
1/200th at F6.3, ISO 400 (35mm).
Brunch is kind of a scene where we live. Give me a bacon egg and cheese with ketchup and I'm a happy man.
1/800th at F9, ISO 800 (38mm).
It's been a busy last few months, between releasing and promoting the book, setting up this print offer, and juggling the regular photo jobs, but for the first time since January, I feel like I've finally caught up with it all.
Nobody tells you this when you try to start a photography business, but it's really all about self-promotion. I'm assuming that's the main constant with any business. It can get hard to stomach sometimes, because you don't spend your free time as a photographer taking photos; you spend it promoting and trying to gain clients. There's the work you do to make a living and then there's the work you do to get the work you need to make a living. There's ebbs and flows in this world and the focus of this past year for me has been dedicated to many things other than pictures.
Although, with the amount of time I've spent shooting this year, I think I took a handful of shots that will stick with me, which is all that you can really hope for in any year.
I need to switch my focus. 2013 will be a year to focus on the photography. I'm hoping to start it now. I figure if I state that here then you'll hold me to it.
Starting today, I am running a two-week print offer on five of my top 12"x18" prints.
This will be the first time I am structuring an offer this way, but hopefully not the last. The idea is to keep the costs down by offering a limited number of prints at a single size, thus creating a consistent workflow and lowering my printing and shipping times significantly. If it goes smoothly, the plan is to offer two of these a year, with different prints each time.
Individual prints are 30% off and if you purchase a collection of three, the price per print comes down to 45% off, which will give you the chance to purchase a print for yourself and a couple as holiday gifts.
The offer will end on Monday, Nov 26th, but if you are able to, please help me out by getting your orders in early. And as always, if you have any friends or family that you think might be interested, please send this to them!
Read more about the offer.
(We'll get back to the normal blog schedule starting tomorrow.)
1/200th at F10, ISO 800 (70mm).
The storm recently brought back to the forefront the issue of inequality in the city.
This will no doubt be the most iconic image to come out of the storm. You can click on any of the links below for photos. The Atlantic has a good roundup of images.
Coastal New Jersey and Staten Island was demolished, Rockaway Beach, Coney Island and Red Hook were hit hard, and over a hundred houses, many belonging to Police and Firemen, burned in Breezy Point. Much of the subway system was underwater. 90% of Long Island was without power. Many of the Chelsea art galleries and their collections were destroyed.
Half of Manhattan was dark. For most of the lit half, life went on as normal, while the was a lot of hardship in the dark half. High Rises + no power + no water is a dangerous mix. I just spoke to one of my neighbors on the floor below who lives with her very young daughter and two elderly parents who had to constantly walk up and down 12 flights of stairs to get gallons of water with a bad back. And the inequality in the city was further emphasized.
Where I am on 4th street and 1st Avenue seems almost back to normal, but 2 blocks away, much of Avenue C is destroyed. Many businesses lost everything.
It's good to be back to work after a week, but there are thousands of people who lost their livelihoods, their homes, and even their lives.
If you want to help, you can donate any amount here.